Growing up, eating dinner with my parents was a very normal thing. My parents were such good cooks that, frequently, my friends came over to have dinner with us.
Research published recently through the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University shows that my parents did me a favor by making these family dinners a routine part of life.
Researchers at CASA found that, compared to teens who have frequent family dinners, those who have infrequent family dinners are:
• Almost three times likelier to say, “it’s okay for teens my age to use marijuana;”
• Three and a half times likelier to say, “it’s okay for teens my age to get drunk;” and
• Twice as likely to say that they expect to try drugs (including marijuana and prescription drugs without a prescription to get high) in the future.
You can read more about the study by visiting this link.
Did you grow up having dinner with your parents? Let me know. I would be interested to learn about your experience.